WCF Chapter 1, Section 1
Although the light of nature, and the works of creation and providence do so far manifest the goodness, wisdom, and power of God, as to leave men inexcusable yet they are not sufficient to give that knowledge of God, and of His will, which is necessary unto salvation.
Romans 1:19-20 For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.
1 Cor. 2:13-14 And we impart this in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit, interpreting spiritual truths to those who are spiritual. The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned.
LCQ. 2. How doth it appear that there is a God?
A. The very light of nature in man, and the works of God, declare plainly that there is a God; but his word and Spirit only do sufficiently and effectually reveal him unto men for their salvation.
LCQ. 60. Can they who have never heard the gospel, and so know not Jesus Christ, nor believe in him, be saved by their living according to the light of nature?
A. They who, having never heard the gospel, know not Jesus Christ, and believe not in him, cannot be saved, be they never so diligent to frame their lives according to the light of nature, or the laws of that religion which they profess; neither is there salvation in any other, but in Christ alone, who is the Savior only of his body the church.
There are things that can be discerned, fully and sufficiently of God, by human beings, from nature– specifically; his goodness, wisdom, and power. The Phrase “the works of Creation” refers to the production of the universe. The phrase “works of providence” refers to its maintenance. “The light of nature” is a reference to the consciousness of God that he has imprinted on the human mind.
Nature cannot lead men to salvation after the fall, no matter how diligently one may follow it. Yet nature is reliable within its limitations and in terms of God’s intention, for it declares plainly that there is a God. Since it is God who reveals himself through these means, his revelation is utterly without defect as far as it goes, which is far enough for us to know plainly that there is a God. By the light of nature, men are without excuse when recognizing a good maker of all things. Continue reading “Does God Still Speak to us?”